Irish trio set for crucial Premier League action...28/04/2015
Hull City and their Irish international trio of Robbie Brady, Paul McShane and Stephen Quinn can go some considerable distance to ensuring Premier League survival with victory over visitors Liverpool in the KC Stadium on Tuesday evening. Fellow international David Meyler misses out as he completes his three match suspension.
Irish hovering on League One trapdoor edge...28/04/2015
If Paul Green and his Rotherham United colleagues secure victory over visitors Reading and their Irish international trio of Alex Pearce, Simon Cox and Stephen Kelly in the AESseal New York Stadium on Tuesday evening, it will spell relegation to League One for both Millwall (David Forde) and Wigan Athletic (James McClean).
O'Neill's Ireland to face O'Neill's Ireland ...27/04/2015
Martin O'Neill and his Republic of Ireland side will play a behind closed doors training international against Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland in the Aviva Stadium on Thursday the 4th June 2015.
Seminal Monday night in the Championship?...27/04/2015
Tonight's three nil Championship victory over Bolton Wanderers at the Goldsands Stadium has effectively guaranteed Premier League status for AFC Bournemouth next season. The South Coast club included recent Ireland call up Harry Arter in their starting eleven together with striker Callum Wilson who has also been mooted as a possible international target. Following a lengthy absence, sixty three times capped veteran defender Ian Harte, who will be thirty eight in August, returned to the substitute bench for the victorious 'Cherries'.
Irish in Sunday afternoon Premier League action...26/04/2015
Hosts Everton emerged victorious from this afternoon's Premier League meeting with Manchester United at Goodison Park. The victors included Seamus Coleman in their starting eleven, together with James McCarthy who resumed training, following injury, on Thursday morning. McCarthy set the ball rolling less than five minutes into the contest with the opening goal and his side went on to secure a three nil success.
Irish Women's Cup Finals in Tolka Park this afternoon...26/04/2015
The 2015 Continental Tyres Women's National League Cup Final between Dublin rivals Peamount United and Raheny United took place in Tolka Park this afternoon, with Raheny lifting the trophy following a three two extra-time victory. The senior contest was preceded by the FAI Umbro Women's U16 Cup Final between Peamount United and Salthill Devon, with the Galway side emerging victorious by six goals to three.
FAI Senior Cup First Round contests this weekend...26/04/2015
The eight contests in the first round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup involving non-league sides, take place over this weekend. First in action on Friday evening were St Marys and Avondale United with the visitors prevailing by one goal to nil in St Mary's Park. Saturday afternoon saw College Corinthians lose to the only goal from visitors Crumlin United while Cobh Wanderers defeated Clonmel Celtic by two goals to nil at Old Church Park. Cockhill Celtic defeated Casement Celtic with the only goal in Charlie O'Donnell Park late on Saturday afternoon. The four Sunday contests ended in victories for Firhouse Clover (1-0 Glenville), St Mochtas (5-2 Arklow Town), Killester United (3-0 Dunboyne) and North End United (4-0 UCC).
Premier League action for Irish internationals...25/04/2015
Saturday's Premier League programme featured a number of Irish internationals. Crystal Palace (Damian Delaney) lost to visitors Hull City (Robbie Brady, Paul McShane, Stephen Quinn), by two goals to nil. Southampton, for whom Shane Long was introduced from the substitute bench just after the hour mark, drew two each with Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's in the early kick-off. Stoke City (Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan, Marc Wilson, Stephen Ireland) were held to a one all draw by beleaguered Sunderland (John O'Shea). In the late kick-off, Aston Villa had Jack Grealish in their starting eleven with Shay Given returning to the substitute bench for the visit to Manchester City, where they went down to a three two defeat. Villa defender Ciaran Clark missed out through injury and is expected to miss the FA Cup Final at the end of May. If so, he is unlikely to be fit to join the Ireland squad for the June matches against England and Scotland.
Championship fervour continues on Saturday...25/04/2015
With four clubs in contention, the engrossing battle for automatic promotion continues to illuminate the Championship. Watford, for whom Tommie Hoban was an unused substitute, assured themselves of promotion with a two nil victory at Brighton & Hove Albion in the early kick-off. Fourth place Norwich City, for whom Wes Hoolihan was an early injury casualty, were held to a one all draw at Rotherham United while third placed Middlesbrough went down to a four three defeat at Fulham, where Sean Kavanagh completed the full ninety minutes. AFC Bournemouth (Harry Arter) can secure the second automatic promotion place with victory on Monday evening, when Bolton Wanderers are their visitors. The contest for the two remaining promotion play-off places is equally absorbing and involves Derby County (Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick, Cyrus Christie, Conor Sammon) who were held to a three all draw at relegation threatened Millwall (David Forde, Aiden O'Brien), Ipswich Town (Daryl Murphy, Stephen Hunt), who defeated Nottingham Forest by two goals to one at Portman Road, with Murphy scoring the opening goal. Brentford and Alan Judge, who opened the scoring, were two nil victors at Reading (Alex Pearce, Simon Cox) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty, Kevin Doyle) secured a one nil victory at relegation threatened Wigan Athletic for whom James McClean was dismissed in added time, following two bookable offences.
Saturday evening in the 2015 SSE Airtricity League...25/04/2015
The two remaining matches in Match Series Ten of the 2015 SSE Airtricity League took place this evening. Relegation candidates Bray Wanderers and Galway United met in the Carlisle Grounds with the visitors crushing their hosts by five goals to nil. Meanwhile Limerick held Shamrock Rovers to a one all draw in Jackman Park.
Match Series Ten in 2015 SSE Airtricity League...24/04/2015
There were four matches played on Friday evening in Match Series Ten of the 2015 SSE Airtricity League. Defending champions and current leaders Dundalk travelled to face runners-up last year and current second place Cork City in front of the live RTE 2 cameras in Turner's Cross, where they came from behind to record a two one victory. The Brandywell witnessed a two one defeat for hosts Derry City by visitors Bohemian while Drogheda United went down to a three nil home defeat by Longford Town in United Park. Two sides with disappointing starts to their season, St Patrick's Athletic and Sligo Rovers faced each other in Richmond Park, with the hosts recording a comfortable three nil success.
Champions Ireland complete Centenary Shield...23/04/2015
With victories over England, Northern Ireland and Wales, the Republic of Ireland Schools have already clinched the 2015 Centenary Shield. Ireland completed their programme with a one all draw against Scotland at Spartans FC in Edinburgh this Thursday evening.
Irish in Wednesday night Championship action...22/04/2015
Defeated FA Cup semi-finalists Reading returned to Championship action when they lost to the only goal from visitors Birmingham City on Wednesday evening. Stephen Kelly was again on the substitute bench for the hosts, while the visiting side included Darren Randolph, Robert Kiernan and Stephen Gleeson.
Draw for Women's EURO 2017 Championship made...20/04/2015
The draw for the qualifying stage of the 2017 Women's EURO 2017 Championship took place today and third seeds Ireland have been drawn in Group 2 together with Spain, Finland, Portugal and Montenegro. Ireland will open their campaign with a home contest against second seeds Finland on Monday 21st September 2015 before travelling to Portugal on Tuesday 27th October 2015. We will then face top seeds Spain at home on Thursday 26th November in the final encounter of this calendar year.
Irish in victory charge to FA Cup Final..19/04/2015
Aston Villa will meet Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday the 30th May 2015. The 'Villians' came from behind to defeat Liverpool by two goals to one in the second FA Cup semi-final at Wembley this afternoon. Villa had Shay Given in their starting eleven while teenager Jack Grealish also started and gave a hugely impressive display being crucially involved in both Villa goals. The knee injury sustained by Ciaran Clark in the League victory over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend ruled him out of contention, but with his replacement today Nathan Baker suffering a similiar injury, the battle to be fit for the final is on.
Ireland clinch Centenary Shield in the Showgrounds...17/04/2015
The Republic of Ireland Schools clinched the 2015 Centenary Shield with a one nil victory over England in the Sligo Showgrounds on Friday evening. Their third successive victory guaranteed the 2015 Championship for Ireland, who travel to face Scotland in Edinburgh next Thursday.
Disappointment turns to euphoria for U17 Women...16/04/2015
The acute disappointment of our U17 Women's team following Tuesday's scoreless draw with Hungary, was replaced with euphoria today as the management and squad received confirmation that they would qualify for the 2015 European Championship Finals to be hosted by Iceland as the best runner-up. The finals tournament will take place between the 22nd June and the 4th July and the group draw for the eight nation event takes place in Reykjavik at 12.30pm (Irish time) on Wednesday the 29th April 2015.
High Noon - bitter disappointment for U17 Women...14/04/2015
Our Under 17 Women suffered bitter disappointment as they completed their challenge in the Elite Stage of the 2015 UEFA Championship at noon in Turner's Cross this afternoon with a scoreless draw against Hungary. The failure to score a winning goal against the bottom side allowed England, two nil victors over Holland, to top the Group and qualify for the Championship Finals.